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Jacob de Haas, at the behest of Theodore Herzl, founded The Jewish Advocate in 1902 to promote Zionism and Jewry.
Brett M. Rhyne, Ph.D, editor
The Jewish Advocate, founded in 1902, is the oldest continually-circulated English-language Jewish newspaper in the United States.
Based in downtown Boston, in the former Boston Post daily newspaper building (which, in its cellars four stories underground, still contains the century-old pulleys-and-lifts system equipment for the publishing presses of those days) overlooking what was known in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as “newspaper row”, The Jewish Advocate has published weekly every week since its founding over one hundred years ago. The paper is the primary Jewish newspaper for the Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts metropolitan area, and for much of New England, with subscribers in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries.
The Advocate was founded by Jacob deHaas, executive secretary to the Austrian journalist and founder of modern political Zionism, Theodor Herzl. Having founded the Vienna newspaper Die Welt and the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, Herzl sent deHaas to Boston several years later to start a newspaper which would inculcate Judaism into the community and progress the cause of the re-establishment of the Jewish faith and a Jewish state. The paper has been owned by only two families since that time.
In 1917 deHaas became national executive director of the newly organized Zionist Organization of America at the invitation of Louis D. Brandeis, who had just become president of the ZOA, and ownership of The Jewish Advocate passed to Dr. Alexander Brin, who, as a national reporter for the former Boston Traveler daily newspaper, had become well-known through his coverage of the Leo Frank case in Atlanta, Georgia. A year later The Advocate played a leading role in supporting the appointment of Brandeis as the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, and nearly thirty years later in the establishment of Brandeis University.
Through the next years Jewish population in Boston boomed and The Advocate became a h